Peterhead manager Jim McInally is hopeful Ryan Dow will return to action against Berwick Rangers this weekend.
The 27-year-old hurt ankle ligaments in the 3-1 win over Cowdenbeath at Central Park on Tuesday last week.
Dow has trained this week and Blue Toon boss McInally, who is also his father-in-law, thinks the attacker will be ready for Saturday’s trip to Shielfield Park.
McInally said: “Ryan trained on Tuesday morning, just a running session.
“He also trained last night. He could have played on Saturday if he’d needed to but we didn’t want to push him because his ligament was still a bit tender.
“It was only a week on Tuesday that he picked up the injury so it’s been a good recovery. So, after training, I’m hoping that he should be fine for Saturday now.”
Dow came to Peterhead on loan from Ross County last September, before joining the Balmoor outfit permanently in January.
The former Dundee United man’s creativity has been useful for the Blue Toon.
With the Buchan side locked in a League Two title race with Edinburgh City – who are five points behind – McInally believes Dow will be important in the run-in.
He added: “The creativity Ryan provides has been important to our team.
“Sometimes I think that playing away from home suits him more than playing at home because sometimes he is afforded more space to operate in.
“It’s good to have him there because we will need him in the run-in.
“He provides something different to what we already have in our squad.”
It is unlikely Jamie Stevenson will recover from a hamstring tweak also picked up last week against the Blue Brazil in time to face Berwick.
McInally also has a doubt over influential midfielder Simon Ferry, whose back went into spasm on Tuesday while recording one of his Open Goal Sport podcasts.
McInally said: “We may have a doubt over Simon Ferry because he was sitting down recording one of his podcasts then, live on air, he took a spasm in his back so what can you do, as a manager?
“I have tried to protect him at times and then he takes a spasm doing something innocuous.”
Striker Derek Lyle hit the winner against Annan last Saturday to secure a 2-1 home win.
The 38-year-old ended a run of 11 games without a goal by hitting his 10th of the season against the Galabankies.
McInally said: “Derek has scored a lot of big goals without really going on a run of scoring for us.
“He deserved his goal on Saturday because he retained the ball well and works really hard.
“Key goals don’t come much more important than the one he scored against Annan and I was delighted for him to get it.”